Graduate Certificates

Stack your way to an MBA with graduate-level certificates covering the four major cornerstones of business. These certificates offer flexibility by giving you the choice to focus on specific areas important for your career.



Strayer University offers four graduate-level online certificate programs derived from the curriculum of our Digital Entrepreneurship MBA program: Digital Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Finance and Accounting for Entrepreneurs, and Marketing and Branding for Entrepreneurs. Earn certificates only in the areas that interest you—or successfully complete all four certificates to earn a Digital Entrepreneurship MBA.

Course Content

Each graduate leadership certificate program consists of three courses featuring videos shot by Cheddar, selected lectures delivered by Cheddar founder and CEO Jon Steinberg, and assignments and projects featuring innovative companies such as Google and Tesla.

Graduate Certificate in Digital Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 523 - High Growth Digital Startup Management

    Mastering the Skills Necessary to Manage and Grow a Digital Business

    There’s a lot that goes into managing a high growth digital startup. This course will provide valuable information related to how to organize and grow the core financial and procedural operations of a digital media business. Topics covered include an overview of people management, organizational design, sales, social media marketing, competition, funding methods, metrics, contracts/legal and when to sell a startup.

  • BUS 543 - Digital Business Operations

    Leading Your Digital Business to Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Environment

    Day-to-day operations at a digital company are fast-paced. This course will provide an overview of the operational, sales and marketing skills specific to a digital media business. Topics covered include digital platforms, industry trends, operating a distributed media company, analytics and optimization, video, social media management, digital advertising sales, and client management/reporting.

  • BUS 553 - Product & Technology Management

    Successfully Launching Your Digital Brand Using Technology and Innovation

    You’ll need talent and technology to ensure that your digital business is a success. This course will provide an overview on how to develop and take digital software, a site or product to market. Topics covered include landscape analysis, product design and description, production, project management, launch, key metrics, monetization, fostering feedback, product improvement, and business growth/development.

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • BUS 520 - Leadership and Organizational Behavior

    Leadership, Grit and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

    You are leading the way at your digital startup. This course introduces strategies to inspire, motivate and build soft skills, grit and resilience in your employees. Topics covered include talent development, fostering professionalism, followership, teamwork, grit, growth mindset, critical thinking and decision making.

  • BUS 599 - Strategic Management

    Think Like a CEO: Business Strategy and Building Competitive Advantage

    Learn to think like a digital business CEO. Discover how to create a strategy that builds competitive advantage, and lead your team to deliver it. Topics covered include strategic thinking, business strategy formulation, creating new markets, gaining competitive advantage, advertising, competing, business development and growth.

  • MAT 510 - Business Statistics

    Statistics for Strategic Decision Making

    It’s all about the numbers. This course provides an overview of data analytics and statistics using tools such as Excel to make strategic business decisions. Topics covered include Excel basics, data analysis and exploration, statistical concepts, and business decision making using analytics.

Graduate Certificate in Finance & Accounting for Entrepreneurs
  • ECO 550 - Managerial Economics

    The Impact of the U.S. and Global Economy on Your Business

    This course demonstrates how the U.S. and global economy function and how they impact your digital business. Topics covered include the power of markets, economic incentives, productivity and human capital, financial markets, government and political influence, the Federal Reserve, trade, and globalization.

  • FIN 534 - Financial Management

    Financial Management: From Wall Street to Board Room

    Understanding financial concepts from board room basics to Wall Street wisdom is crucial at your digital startup. This course will provide an overview of key financial principles, statements and reports. Topics covered include financial concepts and analysis, the stock market, mergers and acquisitions, and financial statement development and evaluation.

  • ACC 556 - Financial Accounting for Managers

    Understanding Capital Raising Options for Digital Media Companies

    It takes funding to develop and grow your startup. This course will discuss methods to raise capital for your digital business. Topics covered include identifying key players, venture capitalists, negotiation, financing stages, convertible debt, the term sheet, the capitalization table, letters of intent and associated legal implications.

Graduate Certificate in Marketing & Branding for Entrepreneurs
  • COM 510 - Business Communications

    Using Social Media to Boost Your Personal Brand

    You are the most important brand. This course will introduce methods to boost your communication skills and personal brand in a digital business setting using a variety of tools such as video, audio, and social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter. Topics covered include thought leadership, brand development, presentations, content curation, company/group interactions and trending topics.

  • MKT 500 - Marketing Management

    Marketing and PR in the 21st Century

    As a digital entrepreneur, you’re never far from marketing. This course will delve into creating Marketing and PR strategies to grow your digital business. Topics covered include modern and traditional marketing, segmentation, targeting, positioning, content creation, mobile applications, social media, and creating a buzz. An overview of SEO, Analytics, ROMI, and formulating Marketing and PR plans will be included as well.

  • LEG 500 - Law, Ethics & Corporate Governance

    Understanding the Legal and Ethical Considerations Critical to Running a Digital Start-Up

    Understand how to apply ethics and evaluate the legal environment when making business decisions in the digital age. This course reviews approaches to enhance corporate accountability, foster an ethical work environment, ensure legal compliance and provide effective leadership at a digital startup. Learners will analyze the impact of management decisions, corporate governance, and the leader's individual conduct on a digital business' ability to protect its business and meet its obligations to stakeholders.